On Sunday, April 27, I attended Miles for Smiles in Bowring Park.
This important event creates awareness about child abuse which occurs in all segments of society.
During the course of the morning, courageous women spoke about the terrible abuses — sexual, physical, emotional — they had suffered during childhood, and of the long-term effects such abuse creates.
As one said “It’s a life sentence.”
Just prior to these revelations, the mayor of St. John’s, Dennis O’Keefe, greeted those in attendance and made a preliminary statement about the horrific topic of child abuse.
He then noted the absence of the media and used this occasion to comment, “If this event were about potholes, the media would be here.”
I was appalled at the mayor’s insensitivity. This was not an appropriate occasion for him to whine about his petty grievances.
In my opinion, the mayor’s comment was an insult to the organizers, volunteers and those of us in attendance at Miles for Smiles.